Halocarpus Bidwillii is also known as Bog Pine or Mountain Pine is a species of conifer in the family Podocarpaceae.
Overview of Halocarpus Bidwillii or Bog Pine
• It is native to New Zealand.
• It grows from Coromandel to the extreme south.
• It is found at lower altitudes.
• It is an evergreen shrub.
• It favors both bogs and dry stony ground.
• It grows to about 3.5 m (11 ft) high.
• The leaves are scale-like on adult plants.
• They are 1–2 mm (0.039–0.079 in) long.
• They are arranged spirally on the shoots.
• The leaves are 5–10 mm (0.20–0.39 in) and 1–1.5 mm (0.039–0.059 in) broad.
• The seed cones are highly modified and berry-like.
• The tree has 2–3 mm (0.079–0.12 in) long seed.
Scientific classification of Halocarpus Bidwillii or Bog Pine
• Kingdom : Plantae
• Division : Pinophyta
• Class : Pinopsida
• Order : Pinales
• Family : Podocarpaceae
• Genus : Halocarpus
• Species : H. bidwillii
• Binomial name : Halocarpus bidwillii
Growing/Caring conditions for Halocarpus Bidwillii or Bog Pine
• Choose those seeds most likely to germinate by placing your collected seeds into a container of water.
• Prepare for outdoor planting in the spring ie., late March to early April.
• Plant the seeds indoors no later than December.
• The small planting trays can be used which have six plug-size openings.
• Regular pots about three inches deep can also be used.
• Fill the planting trays or pots with potting soil and then water the soil.
• Push the pointed end into the soil.
• Place the planter in a sunny window.
• Keep the plant watered.
• The growth shall be seen in about three months.
• Turn the planter daily to promote even growth.
• This will also help to prevent the plant from leaning toward the sun.
• When the seed falls off, you can transplant the tree outdoors.
• At least one gallon size container is needed.
• Water regularly and give it sufficient sunlight.
To plant a pine tree
• Pick a location to plant your tree.
• The pine will not do well with its roots in soggy soil.
• Dig the hole no deeper than the root ball of the tree.
• Make sure the bottom of the hole is solid.
• Plant it such that the root ball is straight or else the tree will grow crooked.
• The width of the hole should be twice the size of the root ball.